AXS TV (pronounced "access",stylized as axs tv) is an American cable and satellite television network that is managed by film company 2929 Entertainment (through AXS TV, LLC)—which they founded as HDNet (through HDNet, LLC) in 2001 before it was rebranded as AXS TV in 2012—with a consortium of partners consisting of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Ryan Seacrest (through Ryan Seacrest Media), Creative Artists Agency, and CBS Corporation.
The network originally launched as HDNet on September 6, 2001, designed as a high definition-exclusive service under the ownership of HDNet, Inc., which then was co-owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Philip Garvin, owner of Colorado Studios and Mobile TV Group.
In October 2011, HDNet picked up Goodnight Burbank, the network's first scripted half-hour comedy.
The network's flagship show, AXS Live—a daily entertainment show that broadcast from the L. Live concert venue and aired weekly, Monday through Thursday—premiered on July 14, 2012, covering news stories in entertainment, fashion, sports, music and celebrity. The network's 2015 festival slate included the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (April 17-April 19) for the second consecutive year; the Stagecoach Country Music Festival (April 24-April 26); and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 1-May 3) for the third consecutive year.
In December, 2015, AXS TV announced it has acquired David Hasselhoff's U. Thursday nights comedians take the stage at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York to perform live on the weekly stand-up comedy series.
Each broadcast features a well-known star as host who performs a live set before introducing a line-up of up-and-coming comedians. The series, which has aired since 2012, kicked off its sixth season with host David Hasselhoff on March 31, 2016.
The series featured hour-long concerts from Cheap Trick, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Grace Potter, Counting Crows, and Alan Jackson.